There have been quite a few articles like this one above since Obama was inaugurated, including one about two weeks ago about Obama's 20-something staffers and where they hang out. The basic gist of them is that DC is "hip" now. Never mind that gentrification has been in full swing here for a decade or so....But nonetheless, the last year or two has seen a remarkable number of new restaurants, condos, etc opening. Parts of DC are just not recognizable from what they were a few years back!
I thought I'd share this article because it touches upon a lot of different aspects of the changes in DC, which I find to be one of the most pleasant American cities in many ways. One interesting thing that I have observed--many of these new restaurants are packed all the time now. It makes me wonder about the places were people used to be going to!